8 Celebrities Who Spilled All the Glorious Details About Choosing a Butt Double
No butts — er, buts — about it, it's a big deal for some stars whose roles required nudity
Anna Kendrick: If You're Short, Pickings Can Be Slim
When it came time to choose a body double for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Kendrick recalled to E! that there were a few restrictions. "When you choose a butt double they're like, 'Is there anything you want?' ... Then they showed me three pictures and were like, 'This is the only one that could be you. This is the only one that isn't seven feet tall,' " she told the outlet.
Keira Knightley: It Can Be a Ton of Fun
"It was absolutely brilliant," Knightley told Good Morning America about picking a nude double for her romantic drama, The Aftermath. "I just wish I could do it every day as well. You know when you get up and you're like, 'Hmm, which body do I want today? That one.' So this very lovely lady is my body. I feel like I've been talking about her so much though that I'm sort of just the head, and actually everybody wants to meet the body."
Keira Knightley: Sometimes, You Can Choose Your Body Double in Person
Knightley also talked about choosing a double while promoting her film Domino in 2012. "I have this policy in films where I say, 'You can have the top half, but you can't have the bottom half,' and it kind of works quite well," she said. So when her character had to dance in her underwear, she requested a body double: "I went into a room and these three women came in and just dropped their trousers ... They then go out and you discuss the bottom."
Liam Neeson: Your Stunt Double Can Fill in for You
The actor revealed on Watch What Happens Live that he declined to show his bare backend in 2014's A Million Ways to Die in the West, instead enlisting his longtime stunt double Mark Vanselow to complete the shot.
In the comedy, Neeson's character falls to the ground with his pants down, exposing his buttocks - presenting the opportunity for Charlize Theron's character to plant a flower between his cheeks. "That's better," she says in the movie before riding away on horseback.
"I said to Mark: 'Mark, this is a sign of our friendship - would you ever do this scene where Charlize Theron puts a daisy in your butt?' And he said, 'Sure,' " Neeson recalled to host Andy Cohen. "I gave him a big hug afterwards and said, 'There's no f-ing way that anybody's going to see my Irish butt.' "
Lena Headey: Occasionally It's About Casting More than the Butt
While most actors choose a double to film nude scenes, Headey needed someone who could capture the humiliation Cersei felt in Game of Thrones' season 5 finale. "It was a long process trying to find somebody who got what it means physically to be there with all that stuff going on, and Rebecca [Van Cleave] is a great actress," Headey told EW about working with her body double to capture the emotional heft of the scene.
Mandy Moore: Sometimes They Don't Have to Do More than Get Naked
"I'm a pretty modest girl, and it called for my character to strip down and jump into the river and splash around," Moore said in 2004 about her choice to use a butt double in Chasing Liberty. "She was a little tipsy [in the scene], and I decided that was a part of the script I would call in a body double for, and she did a great job."
Owen Wilson: It's Not Always the Actor's Choice
Most of the time, the actor gets to make the decision about whether or not they'll use a body double - but, in the case of Wilson's butt-baring scene in You, Me and Dupree, it was all up to the director. "The director made that decision not to use my butt, I don't know how to interpret that," he joked about the 2006 flick.
Mila Kunis: It's an Awkward Audition Process
For the double, that is! Kunis opened up about choosing a body double for Friends with Benefits, recalling that the prospective candidates had to "moon" her and the director until they found one that worked. "These lovely women had to show us their derrières and the chosen one resembled my body the most without looking like it's fake," she explained.